Health care as a whole progresses and it will continue to. Going back to the times of Hippocrates (a medical scientist) in ancient Greece, even further back to the ancients in Egypt, their methods for managing epilepsy is far from the methods utilized today, nevertheless it is the same epilepsy that manifests in modern day.
What would health care look like 20 years from now? Let us initially break this question down into three parts, respectively: The profession, the delivery method and finally the technological aspect.
The Profession: There would be major streamlining, thus, allowing non-doctors (nurses etc) to perform more specialized duties while freeing up doctors for the most vital aspects of healthcare. As new discoveries are made, doctors themselves would be further specialized, specializing more on the individual disease and its genetic causes; distinguish from a doctor today that can diagnose almost any type of disease with little reference to genetics.
Delivery Method: The needle will become obsolete, but that’s more in the distant future, the stethoscope will finally be retired or replaced with a modernized version. By the year 2030, pills would have become smaller and more effective, in that they have now been designed to deliver the chemicals to specific spots only.
Technological Aspect: Genetics would have revealed most of its inner secrets. Medicine will shift towards ‘Attacking the disease by understanding the genetics behind it.’ No longer will the dentist utilize fillings or other materials because the genetic-engineers would have figured out how to stimulate the relevant genes so one could re-grow and replace a missing tooth, may be not by 2030, however not to far in the distant future. By 2030, majority of the most severe diseases would be curable or preventable, as noted “Medicine will have turned what were once debilitating conditions, including Alzheimer’s, into ailments as treatable as seasonal allergies.”*(Reginald M. Ballantyne III). Let us add to this list; all genetic diseases, since progress is continually being made within the genetics branch of medicine. By 2030 one would not need a donor for a transplant, due to the insights and again the continual progress of genetics. One thing that is unclear however is health care insurance. Would it cost more or less? By 2030 we would have known one thing for certain though, whether the recently signed health care bill really worked.
*Phoenix Business Journal (2006, January, 13) Health care 2030: Future changes will be ‘stunning.’ Retrieved October 3, 2010, from http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2006/01/16/focus2.html?jst=s_cn_hl